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Hike to Delicate Arch, Arches National Park

Delicate Arch is a 65-foot (20 m) tall freestanding natural arch located in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah, USA. It is the most widely-recognized landmark in in the park. The 3 miles (4.8 km) roundtrip hike to Delicate Arch has a 480 feet (146 meters) elevation gain and take 2-3 hours. The best part was the fact that the arch is hidden until the last minute as you walk around a corner and see it in all its glory! The first half-mile is a wide, well-defined trail. Upon reaching the slickrock, follow the rock cairns. The trail climbs gradually and levels out toward the top of this rock face. Just before you get to Delicate Arch, the trail goes along a rock ledge for about 200 yards. It is best hiked in spring and fall when the temperatures are cooler, or during the golden hours just after sunrise or and before sunset when the rocks seem to turn a magical color and the air temperature is bearable again. Take at least 1 quart (1 liter) of water per person! There is no shade. The arch is depicted on Utah license plates and on a postage stamp commemorating Utah's centennial anniversary of statehood in 1996. The Olympic torch relay for the 2002 Winter Olympics passed through the arch.
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